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Production of the Blanc de Noirs started in 2018. Peter Dredge explains that Pinot Noir takes on lees characters quicker than its Chardonnay counterpart, so his Blanc de Noirs will always come from younger vintage. The fruit was sourced from Meadowbank sites deemed to have characteristics conducive to the production of quality Pinot Noir sparkling wine. The 2016 came from a northeast-facing block on a rolling five-degree slope that provided Dredge with his desired balance between ripeness and acidity.
Like the Blanc de Blancs, this was whole-cluster-pressed. Only the first two-thirds was taken for the traditional method wine, while the balance was used for the earlier-released Harvest Sparkling. It was fermented and raised in used French oak for three months, then rested on lees before being disgorged with two grams per litre dosage in late 2021.
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